October 3, 2011

Black & Gray Card.

Didn't want to title this as a sympathy card, but when I put these papers and colors together I thought it would do well as a sympathy card.  Besides it is nice to have these around as I find them more difficult to make when you need them.
This is one of the sketches this week at RAQs Challenge on the Cricut message board.

After giving me many fits I think it came out fine.  This was one of those cards where you have something in your mind and it is just so hard to get it on the paper how you imagine it.   I was determined to use one of the tag cuts from Picturesque that has a butterfly on it because I had paper that would work well with it.  Well after cutting out several and flood filling them with the Imagine I finally moved on to something else.  The background papers are from the same pack that I originally wanted to use..  What I had a hard time with was that I was also trying to follow a color challenge using black, gray and ivory, well I just could not get the ivory to work so I used white.  Close enough huh?   The papers are from a Best Occasions stack that I bought a WalMart a couple of years ago, the tag is from the same stack.
I knew one of the cartridges had a cut to match the "Queen Anne's Lace" (as I call it) on the paper so I could incorporate a Cricut cut into it.  This particular cut from Lyrical Letters is an extremely fine cut but I went ahead and tried it using my Imagine because it cuts so much better than my Expression, but even using the Imagine the fine lines/stems just fell apart trying to get it off the mat.  I so wanted to use this cut and then I had an Ah Ha moment and used my Quickuts pens in my Create to draw it.  I set it up in my Gypsy at the size I wanted and then put my black pen in and hit cut, after is was done drawing it I hit "return to mat" and placed a circle around it using George, then I deleted the Queens Anne's Lace and hit cut and it cut it out perfectly! Here is a link to a video on using these pens in your Cricut, just click HERE.   YEAH t worked!  I cut out a slightly larger black circle to use as a shadow.  I colored in parts of the drawing using my Stardust gel pen, the petals part but it is hard to see.
I cut the "with sympathy" from the Wild Card cartridge and added a few dots with my white gel pen.  The edge of the gray I torn using a metal ruler that I had found on clearance at my grocery store, works great when you don't want to use a straight edge.  Whew well I think it came out fine although it took many many turns along the way.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to hear what you think so leave me a comment.

Challenges for this card
Inspire me Fridays   Anything goes   ends - 10/6
Crafts 4 Eternity   Anything goes   ends - 10 6
Creatalicious Challenges  Anything goes   - 10/13
Make it Mondays   Always anything goes   ends - 10/9
Ooh La La  Sympathy   ends  - 10/16


PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW!! it's beautiful! I love it

Tamie said...

Your card is just stunning. Are you aloud to say that about a Sympathy Card. the layout and the way you used your colors is just perfect. I popped on over from MIM. have a great week.

pinky said...

Very beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Sharon said...

This is beautiful!! Just beautiful!!! I love it! :)

Tammy E. said...

Great colors for a sympathy card -- very pretty!

Cricut Couple said...

Very Pretty! I am not usually a fan of black and white, but I really like the way this turned out. Love it!

Hrvatica said...

Your card is gorgeous! I didn't realize the Sizzix pens fit in the Cricut.

Lizzie said...

What a lovely card !! Thanks for joining us this week at C4E.

Lisa Jane said...

Beautiful elegant card
Thanks for linking up with us at Make it Monday this week
Lisa x

michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

Wendi said...

This is a very beautiful serene card I know this challenge is very challenging so thank you so much for joining in and sharing with us at ooh la la this week I do hope we see you again

Doreen said...

Such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing this with us at

Lizy said...

This is absolutely perfect for a sympathy card! I love it! :)

Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La this week :)
Lizy DT x

chilli pip said...

Your hard work and perseverance paid off, this is a lovely card . Thanks for joining in at Ooh-la-la